A/N: This is it, guys. The final chapter. Hopefully, I can make it a good ending! And now, I shall put names to The Fifth Elements songs.
Chapter 30: Wings
Neji took Hinata's phone and flipped it open. He dialled Itachi's number.
Hello? Itachi's voice came through the phone.
"Itachi?" Neji asked, staring up at the stage.
Neji? Did you get away? Where are you?
"Yes, I got away." Neji said with a grin. "As for where I am..."
Where are you Neji? We're waiting for you!
"There is a sea in front of me, though backs are all I see. If you look over yonder, I'm sure you will not ponder, for here I stand." Neji paused "where the sea meets the land."
Itachi didn't respond at first. Damn you and your riddles. Itachi growled.
"Turn on the field lights Itachi." Neji said simply.
You're at the back of the crowd aren't you?
The phone went dead.
"YO! TECH GUY! TURN OFF THE STAGE LIGHTS AND TURN ON THE FIELD LIGHTS!" Itachi's amplified voice echoed through the stadium.
A few moments later, the stage went dark, and the field lit up. Neji could see Itachi trying to see through the lights. The crowd began to catch on. The people in the front row began to turn around, followed by the people behind them, and so on.
Neji handed the phone back to Hinata. He saw the crowd turning around. Neji simply stood there with a smile on his face.
Finally, the last few rows turned around.
"OH MY GOD!" They screamed and they immediately stormed Neji, pelting him with hugs.
"All right all right! Away with you! Away!" Neji laughed, waving the crowd off. The crowd listened to him and backed off, but that didn't stop them from cheering.
Neji began to run towards the stage, slapping as many high fives along the way as he could. When he reached the stage, Neji jumped up, and pulled himself onto the stage, only to be bombarded with more hugs from his band.
"Dude, I thought you'd never show up!" Naruto cried.
"I'm here, relax!" Neji said with a laugh.
"Where's your uncle?" Shikamaru asked.
"He's holed up at the gate." Neji replied with a smirk.
The group laughed.
"Shall we rock this taco stand, or what?" Sasuke asked.
"Taco stand?" Neji asked with a laugh.
"First song?" Shikamaru asked.
The group grinned at each other.
"Pop Rocks." Naruto said with a grin.
"Pop Rocks?" Neji laughed. "Out of all the songs you could've picked, you had to pick the one named after the carbon-dioxide processed candy."
"It's gotta be Pop Rocks." Shikamaru chuckled.
"Well then Pop Rocks it is." Neji chuckled.
The group disbanded, and walked to their stations.
"ARE YOU READY?" Neji screamed into his microphone, earning him the loudest cheer he had ever heard.
Hiashi stood at the gate to the football field. He had cringed when Neji's voice reached his ears. He began to twitch when the upbeat guitar began to play.
Shikamaru kept the beat. Moments later, Itachi joined in along with Sasuke's bass line and Naruto's simple drum rhythm. The random mix of music was last heard at Konoha's Wonderland. Neji added his voice to the music, watching the crowd bounce in time with the beat that the music was created to hold.
Itachi threw in his two-second solo. The band cried "Pop Rocks" and the chorus began. Itachi joined in harmony ever so often, but other than that, Neji had the whole chorus. He sang the final words of the chorus, and Naruto pounded out a solo. Neji returned to the very fast, very tongue twister like to the poor saps who did not write the song in the first place, rhythm of the verses.
At the gate, Hiashi was leaning up against a wall, frowning at the impossible to understand lyrics that his nephew was singing.
"POP ROCKS!" The band cried after Shikamaru's guitar screech. Neji could have sworn the crowd joined in that time. Even as he sung the chorus, Neji could faintly hear the crowd singing along with him. When Neji finished the chorus, he held the final note for as long as he could. Then he stepped back as Sasuke stepped forward and soloed out on his bass. Thirty seconds later, Sasuke stepped back to allow Shikamaru to solo out for his thirty seconds. Shikamaru then stepped back to allow full view of Naruto pounding on his drums in an epic solo that simply never got boring, and always held the full rhythm of the song. Finally, Itachi stepped forward and performed all those trills, bends, and chords that made him famous. Itachi held his final note and moments later, the group played their final note to end the song.
The crowd roared.
Hiashi just about jumped out of his socks at the tremendous sound of the crowd. How many people were there in that freaking stadium?
"Hey, guard." Hiashi said to the guard. "How many people are in there?"
"Minimum, one thousand." The guard said simply.
"One thousand?" Hiashi was stunned. "You've got to be kidding me."
"That boy you were chasing...your nephew apparently..." The guard continued. "He's famous around here. Everybody knows his name. 'Neji Hyuuga' has been a house hold name ever since they first appeared."
"How do you know that?"
"Because my daughter loves him." The guard said simply.
"That's a freaky thought."
The crowd continued to roar. The group met in the middle for a high five.
"Dude, we totally rocked the taco stand." Itachi chuckled.
"We destroyed the taco stand, Itachi." Shikamaru pointed out.
"Let's give them another song before we joke around a bit." Neji said with a grin.
"What song?" Naruto asked.
The group went silent for a moment.
"Let's ask the crowd." Neji said with a smirk.
"Good idea!" Sasuke said.
Neji walked up to his mic. "Hey," Neji said to get everyone's attention. "We're stuck on what song to play. So help us out. I'm going to count to three, and when I get to three, I want all of you to scream the song you want to hear. The one that sticks out the most, we'll play."
The crowd roared again.
"READY?" Neji called. "ONE, TWO, THREE!"
Neji turned his ear towards the crowd. One song really did stick out over all the others.
"I think that was pretty obvious." Naruto laughed. "Even I heard that one."
"Rise," The group said at the same time, nodding to each other.
"Goodie." Neji said with a grin. "This one will make Hiashi have an aneurism." Indeed, it was the loud one they wrote, and played at the contest they won at, and played on The Ino Show.
Naruto clacked his drumsticks together, and Itachi and Shikamaru shredded their guitars. The crowd roared.
Hiashi listened to the latest song that Neji's band was playing. Hiashi had no idea that Neji could sing so goddamned loudly and still sing in tune.
"Who are these guys?" Someone said with awe.
"I don't know, but that boy sure can sing." Came a reply.
"I know who that is! That's my nii-san!" A little boy with messy brown hair cried.
"Kiba! Don't say such things!" A stern voice said.
"But it is! It is! It's Neji-san! I met him at the hospital!" Hiashi looked at the spiky-haired little boy. Since when did Neji like kids? He never seemed to like Hanabi much.
Hiashi sat against the wall as he listened to a very loud guitar solo. Still, he could hear the crowds cheering even over all the music. The crowd loved it. He listened as Neji joined in again moments later. He was awed when he heard the crowd singing along with him.
"My god, Neji..." Hiashi said with shock. "How the hell did you accomplish this right under my nose?"
The security guard laughed at Hiashi.
The little boy suddenly tore off right through the gate before anybody could register what had happened.
"KIBA!" The boy's grandma cried.
"You guys are AWESOME!" Neji cried into the microphone, earning him an enormous cheer. But one cheer stood out over them all.
"NII-SAN! NII-SAN!" A childish voice cried. Only one person in the entire great land of Konoha called him that. Neji narrowed his eyes to see a child's figure tearing across the VIP pathway towards the stage.
Neji walked away from the mic with a smile on his face. He ran down the stairs of the stage and popped out in the same path as Kiba was.
"Nii-san!" Kiba said happily.
"Hey, Kiba!" Neji said with a grin and picked Kiba off the ground and onto his shoulders. "Wanna come on stage with me?"
"YEAH!" Kiba cried.
Neji walked up onto the stage with Kiba on his shoulders. The crowd cheered.
"Hey, guys I want you to meet Kiba! He's my self-proclaimed adopted brother." Neji said with a grin.
The crowd cheered again.
"Hey! Nii-san! I can sing too! Wanna hear?" Kiba asked.
Neji chuckled. "Let's hear it."
"On top of spaghetti,
All covered in cheese," Kiba began. The Fifth Element joined in.
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed,
At that moment, the crowd began to join in.
It rolled on the table
It rolled on the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.
That was where the song usually ended, but no. Naruto just had to keep going with his own version.
It rolled through the garden,
It rolled through the bush,
And then my poor meatball,
Was nothing but mush.
To everyone's dismay, he kept going.
Somebody found it,
And put it on bread, the group as well as the crowd laughed.
And then my poor meatball,
Turned out to be dead.
Naruto finally finished, earning him cheers from the crowd.
"All right, Kiba. I think you should go back now." Neji said.
"Can we play Star Wars again sometime?"
The crowd howled with laughter.
"Yes we can play Star Wars again sometime." Neji replied. "Like right now!" Neji pulled Kiba off his shoulders and proceeded to piggyback him. "I'm your star ship, controlled by R2-D2. You have no control, you're going home."
"Aw!" Kiba whined.
Neji ran off the stage while Kiba made spaceship noises with his arms extended like wings as Neji ran towards the gate. Neji felt the crowd's amusement as he ran by. The guard opened the gate as Neji approached. Neji put Kiba down, and Kiba immediately ran to his grandma.
"Bye nii-san!" Kiba called.
"Bye," Neji called and ran back towards the stage.
There was only one thing Hiashi could think about at that moment as he watched Neji run back towards the stage. Who are you, and what have you done with my nephew?
Neji had thrown a fit every time Hanabi sang On Top of Spaghetti. So why on earth did he let a kid like that sing On Top of Spaghetti, and sing along with it? And playing Star Wars? That was definitely not something the Neji he knew would do.
Hinata wasn't kidding when she said that the band changed him. The band had more than changed him. The band had recreated him.
Neji got back on the stage and walked over to the group.
"What next?" he asked.
"We'll play the fan favourite." Sasuke replied.
"Which one is that?" Neji asked.
Neji snorted. "Yeah of course that would be the fan favourite."
The band went to their places, and Shikamaru began playing the first few notes. The crowd immediately roared, and died down almost immediately. Itachi began to play his part. As Neji began to sing, he spotted several cell phones and lighters in the air, swaying back and forth in sync with each other.
Hiashi watched the glowing lights in the crowd sway back and forth. It was almost amusing. It would be amusing if it weren't so annoying.
On the stage, Neji was grinning on the inside while he listened to the crowd sing along with him during the chorus. He was so tempted to just stop singing and hold the microphone out to the crowd to see what they would do. Neji sang the verse with a plan just to do that. He began the chorus, and sang the first three lines. Then he held the mic out to the crowd, and grinned as they chorused "Just Stay" and kept going.
Neji looked back to Itachi who was grinning himself. Neji pulled the mic back towards himself, and sang the bridge to the song. He made it twice as epic as it was the first time he sung it due to his really good mood. Finally, he sang the final chorus that literally wrapped up the song and gave it a happy ending.
The band played their final notes, and looked around at the cheering crowd. Neji could swear that some of the people in the front row were actually crying.
The band met in the middle of the stage again.
"Neji, you warn me before you do that again, you got it?" Itachi said, his face bright red.
"Yeah," Sasuke agreed. "You made the crowd bawl their eyes out, and you almost made me do the same thing."
Neji laughed. "Sorry."
"You could feel it right here." Naruto pounded his chest with his fist.
Neji laughed again.
"We're not going to change the song again." Shikamaru added. "That's definitely the final version."
Hiashi sat against that wall as he'd been doing for the last hour or so, his mind reeling. What the hell was he going to do about Neji? He now realized that Neji was completely famous, and he knew that Hinata was completely right. The band had changed Neji. Not only that, but Neji seriously had a talent. Why hadn't he seen it? I mean, Neji had taken enough music courses through high school. Now that he thought about it, Neji had taken vocals as well. So why didn't he realize that Neji had a talent earlier?
Then it hit him.
Never once had he attended the various concerts Neji had taken part in with the school. Hiashi now felt like crap.
The concert continued for another half hour. When it was over, the band went into the back and prepared themselves for signing autographs for the rest of the night. Neji got the opportunity to sign three t-shirts, get countless photographs of him with various people, and sign even more photographs of the group in his designated spot.
"Was that the last one?" Sasuke asked, rubbing his wrist. Sasuke had been going into his bad mood gradually as more and more people came backstage.
"Yes." Itachi said with finality.
Sasuke sighed, and let his head fall to the table with a sharp thunk.
Neji was silent. He thought about what Hiashi would do to him now that the concert was over. He didn't have to wait long to figure out, as Hiashi had just walked into the backstage area.
"How did you get in here?" Neji blurted out suddenly.
"Forget it." Hiashi said simply.
To Neji's surprise, the band stepped between him and Hiashi all at once.
"If you're here to take Neji back, you'll have to get through all four of us." Shikamaru said in a monotone.
Itachi, Naruto and Sasuke nodded in agreement.
Neji stared at the backs of his friends, and smiled. He heard Hiashi laugh.
"I don't want to fight."
"Well, that's just too bad!" Naruto growled.
"Don't lose your head, Naruto." Sasuke growled at Naruto.
"I'm not even here to take Neji back."
Neji looked at the backs of his friends with shock as if he was trying to see through their backs and look at Hiashi. Did he really just say that?
Hiashi chuckled. "How can I compete?"
Naruto, Sasuke, Itachi and Shikamaru turned and looked at Neji with questioning looks. Neji shrugged at them.
"Do what you want, Neji." Hiashi finally said. Neji saw Hiashi turn and start walking towards the exit.
Neji stared at Hiashi's retreating back. He didn't know why he did it, but he jumped up and ran towards the exit.
"That's it?" Neji said from the top of the stairs that lead to the ground.
Hiashi turned. "What more do you want me to say?"
Neji didn't know. He just stood there like an idiot.
"I couldn't tie you down even if I tried." Hiashi stuck his hands in his pockets. "Your father was the same way. Always getting yelled at when he was young."
Neji continued to stare at Hiashi.
"Besides, you've already gone too far. There's no pulling you away even if I tried." Hiashi smirked. "Your fans wouldn't hear of it."
Neji turned his head towards the ground as he grinned to himself.
"Just don't do anything stupid enough to get you on one of those celebrity gossip shows," Hiashi said with finality. He turned and continued to walk away.
Neji stood there, inexplicably tongue-tied. He stood there for several seconds.
"Thank you." He finally said.
Hiashi glanced back at him and merely waved. Then he disappeared into the night.
"Are you all right Neji?" Itachi asked.
"So I guess you're staying?" Sasuke said with a raised eyebrow.
Neji's mouth opened but no sound came out. Hiashi's words were still sinking in. A few seconds later, they finally registered in his brain.
Neji grinned. "I'm staying."
"YEAH!" Naruto cried, raising his hand. The group high fived. Then they broke up.
"To the band!" Shikamaru cried and put his hand in the middle.
Itachi slapped his hand on top of Shikamaru's hand, followed by Sasuke, Naruto then Neji.
The band broke into their cheer, lead by Shikamaru as usual. "WHEN I SAY GO, YOU SAY FIGHT! GO!"
"WHEN I SAY WIN YOU SAY TONIGHT! WIN!"
"WHEN I SAY BOOGIE, YOU SAY DOWN! BOOGIE!"
Then they sang while clapping in time with the song. "Go, fight win tonight, let's boogie on down, all right, all right. Go, fight win tonight, let's boogie on down, all right, all right YEAH!"
A/N: There is a Sequel by the title of The Fifth Element: On Tour. Read if you oh so desire.
Here's a summary of The Fifth Element's songs. The three that appeared throughout this story appeared in this chapter:
Pop Rocks: This song is a rock song with a rapid beat...Like Pop rocks in your mouth! It's lyrics are based mostly around the actual song. Literally. Have you heard a song written completely about a song before? Here's an example: Old Time Rock n' Roll by Bob Seger. The song is sung about Rock n' Roll, with Rock n' Roll elements. It's hard to explain what I imagined Pop Rocks to be about. Just think of Pop rocks, and you'll get it... sort of... Appears in Chapter 6: Wonderland.
Rise: Imagine sweet guitar meshed with epic rhythm, and a catchy melody (Sound a lot like SIGN but oh well) that is somewhat like SIGN but watered down just slightly, with English lyrics, and you've got the basic idea of what Rise sounds like. I've always seemed to imagine the lyrics to be about rising above the challenges you face while on the road of life. Hence the reason it's called Rise. Appears in Chapter 14: Competition and Chapter 17: Interview.
Just Stay: What do you think the title says about the song? It's not about love. It's about tragedy, and friendship. If you were to just listen to the song and not know a darn thing about what the lyrics were about, you would probably think it was about love, grab your boyfriend or girlfriend and slow dance with them. Appears in Chapter 1: Phase, and Chapter 3: Concert. It's the first song that Tenten listened to, and got her into The Fifth Element. Reread the story for more details :).